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" His characters are not modified by the customs of particular places, unpractised by the rest of the world, by the peculiarities of studies or professions which can operate but upon small numbers, or by the accidents of transient fashions or temporary... "
The British Nepos; or, Youth's mirror: lives of illustrious Britons - Page 142
by William Fordyce Mavor - 1816
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The Family Library (Harper)., Volume 164

Child rearing - 1847
...the poet that holds up to his readers a faithful mirror of manners and of life. His characters a*e the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as the...will always supply, and observation will always find. —Edinb. EM. 1 vol. 8vo, $3 50, New- York. Burns. As a poet, without accomplishing any work of extensive...
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Commonplace Book

E. M. Forster - Literary Criticism - 1985 - 372 pages
...criticise characters in Shakespeare soundly, and praises him for being not merely universal but abstract. general passions and principles by which all minds...character is too often an individual : in those of S. it is commonly a species. [In the last sentence J. goes off the rails (i) he confuses personality...
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Rosiebelle Lee Wildcat Tennessee

Raymond Andrews - Fiction - 1988 - 245 pages
...wrote, "Nothing can please many, and please long, but just representations of general nature. . . . such as the world will always supply, and observation will always find." It is both fortunate and fitting that the Brown Thrasher series should now include the three early...
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The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 5, Romanticism

George Alexander Kennedy, Marshall Brown - Literary Criticism - 1989 - 506 pages
...rather, they are 'common humanity, such as the world will always supply'. This means that Shakespeare's 'persons act and speak by the influence of those general...passions and principles by which all minds are agitated'. For most writers 'a character is too often an individual', but in the plays of Shakespeare a character...
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Stages of History: Shakespeare's English Chronicles

Phyllis Rackin, Professor Department of English Phyllis Rackin - Drama - 1990 - 256 pages
...operate but upon small numbers; or by the accidents of transient fashions or temporary opinions: they are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as...always supply, and observation will always find.' Celebrating Shakespeare as the universal poet, Johnson ascribed to Shakespeare's representations of...
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Sources of Dramatic Theory: Volume 2, Voltaire to Hugo

D. J. Conacher - Drama - 1991 - 292 pages
...operate but upon small numbers; or by the accidents of transient fashions or temporary opinions: they are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as the world will 14 Johnson's eight-volume edition of Shakespeare's plays was announced in 1756 and published in 1765....
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The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling

Henry Fielding - Fiction - 1992 - 413 pages
...Johnson's praise for Shakespeare's characters in his Preface to Shakespeare (1765) was that they were 'the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as the...passions and principles by which all minds are agitated ... In the writings of other poets a character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare...
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Working with Shakespeare

Howard Mills - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 247 pages
...faithful mirror of manners and of life', whose characters 'are the genuine progeny of common humanity ... his persons act and speak by the influence of those...and the whole system of life is continued in motion' (ibid., 59). Such talk is jumped on as the very stuff of 'custom and veneration', of Shakespeare-worship...
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O'Neill's Shakespeare

Normand Berlin - Performing Arts - 1993 - 268 pages
...important human concerns. I believe, as did Samuel Johnson before me, that Shakespeare's characters are "the genuine progeny of common humanity, such...world will always supply, and observation will always fmd."14 His statement can be applied to O'Neill too, with some qualifying discussion. And I believe,...
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William Shakespeare: The Critical Heritage, Volume 5

Brian Vickers - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 568 pages
...operate but upon small numbers; or by the accidents of transient fashions or temporary opinions: they are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as...character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare it is commonly a species. It is from this wide extension of design that so much instruction...
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